By C. Trent Rosecrans
St. Louis manager Tony La Russa likes to use match ups to his favor, relying on stats to decide when to use a reliever and which one to use. Octavio Dotel's mastery of Ryan Braun was part of the Cardinals' NLCS victory -- Dotel had struck out Braun six times in eight at-bats coming into the series and the two faced each other three times in the NLCS, with Braun striking out all three times. While the Brewers and Cardinals faced each other 18 times during the regular season, the Cardinals and Rangers have only played three times in the teams' histories, back in 2004.
While some free agents have moved, there are still many pitchers and hitters who haven't seen each other, giving this a true old-school World Series feel.
Here's a look at both team's primary relievers against the most important batters:
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